Picture Books and Early Readers

Rollo, The Bravest Chicken in the World

Picture Book

‘I can’t just stay at home,’ he said, ‘when there’s adventure to be had.’

Chickens don’t like adventures, but Rollo is no ordinary chicken. With a heart full of wanderlust in his feathery breast, he defies the expectations of his coop as he embarks on a quest to find the fabled Golden Egg in the long lost tomb of Cluckankhamun.

From the author of the ‘Detective Mo Children’s Mysteries’ comes the brand new picture book for 1-5 year olds. Written in rhyme and filled with simple, colourful illustrations, this book is the perfect gift for the adventure loving child and is sure to become a bedtime favourite.

Follow Rollo as he ventures out into the farthest reaches of the world in search of adventure and discovery in this fun and light-hearted story of courage and non-conformity.

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Detective Mo and the Missing Prince

‘She’s a detective who solves mysteries no one else can…

When Prince Percy vanishes from his tower, Queen Katie calls Detective Mo to find him.

But can Detective Mo discover what has happened to Prince Percy and return him to the Queen?

Perhaps with your help.

With its bold and simple illustrations, this light-hearted children’s detective story is the ideal gift for an inquisitive 4-7 year old. Encourage your children to piece together the clues on every page and help Detective Mo as she tries to unravel the mystery of the prince who vanishes in a castle full of frogs.

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Detective Mo and the Pirate’s Treasure

‘To find what pirates long have sought, “X” will always mark the spot.’

When treasure hunting pirate, Captain Curlybeard, finds a map with a cryptic clue scrawled on the back, he calls Detective Mo for help.

But can Mo solve all the riddles to find the Lost Treasure of Stubtoe Island?

Perhaps with your help.

With its bright and bold illustrations, this light-hearted children’s story about a pirate who hires a private detective to help him search for buried treasure is the perfect gift for any 4-7 year old who enjoys puzzles and riddles. Encourage your children to solve all of the riddles to help Detective Mo and Captain Curlybeard find the Lost Treasure of Stubtoe Island.

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Detective Mo and the Mystery of the Stolen Cake

It was the most awful, the most vile, the most heinous of crimes:

‘Someone has stolen my birthday cake!’

Detective Mo has been invited to Major Lenzie’s birthday party, but when someone steals the Major’s birthday cake, it’s up to Detective Mo to find out who.

However, not all the guests can agree on who the thief might be. Can Mo find the missing cake before it’s too late?

Perhaps with your help.

With its bright and bold illustrations, this book is the perfect gift for any investigative 4-7 year old. Encourage your kids to weigh up the value of each witness statement and help Detective Mo find Major Lenzie’s stolen cake.

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Short Story Anthologies

Penstricken: Collected Stories

Flash Fiction Anthology

There are short stories, there are very short stories and then there is flash fiction: the delicate and often tricky art of telling a story in as few words as possible.

The stories in this tiny little book (all originally published between 2015 and 2020 on the author’s blog, Penstricken) are deliberate exercises in brevity. In total, this book contains twelve flash fictions ranging from fifty to 2,000 words apiece, plus six collections of six word stories.

While these stories vary in mood and genre, you will find in many that the author’s tongue was firmly entrenched in his cheek; whether it be in the brief tale of a Martian liberating his ‘kin’ from the deep fat fryer of a Glasgow chip shop or the nightmarish tragedy of Santa Claus’ true genesis, Penstricken: Collected Stories is a brief snapshot of one writer’s meandering imagination.

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